My co-worker Sarah Koonts has already written a post like this on our main blog, but I thought I’d post a reminder here for those of you who may see a visit from Hurricane Irene in the next few days. The text comes from a Dept. of Cultural Resources press release – you can find other news related to NC Cultural Resources here.
Protect Special Documents in Hurricane Season
RALEIGH – As the first hurricane threatens North Carolina this season, individuals and organizations may need to protect important papers and records. The N.C. State Archives collects and preserves historical and documentary materials and offers guidelines to historical societies, government officials and individuals on ways to protect vital records in case of emergency:
- Create or update your emergency contact list
- Review your disaster response plan
- Survey your building for risks and try to mitigate them
For additional information on the protection of vital documents, other resources include the State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB). A grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission provided for disaster preparedness training across the state. A Web site was created, which includes a disaster preparedness section, at http://www.history.ncdcr.gov/shrab/disaster.htm. Families can visit www.archives.ncdcr.gov/news/mayday_family.html.
State and local government officials can receive assistance with using standard records management tools to improve emergency preparedness:
- Intergovermental Preparedness for Essential Records in North Carolina Initiative (IPER): http://www.records.ncdcr.gov/workshops/IPER_training_announcement_201108.pdf
- State Agency Records Information — http://www.records.ncdcr.gov/stateagy.htm
- County and Municipal Records Information — http://www.records.ncdcr.gov/local.htm
- Workshops and online training opportunities — http://www.records.ncdcr.gov/workshops.htm
For additional information contact the preservation officer at the State Archives at (919) 807-7339 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The State Archives is within the Office of Archives and History in the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, is the state agency with the mission to enrich lives and communities, and the vision to harness the state’s cultural resources to build North Carolina’s social, cultural and economic future. Information on Cultural Resources is available 24/7 at www.ncculture.com.